Cray, Dan

Origin, 2012CD
Instrument: Piano

Issue: 18.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 5
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Pianist Dan Cray leads a quartet with Noah Preminger (sax), Clark Sommers (b) and Mark Ferber (d). They are a strong team and put their talents to work over eight selections, six are Cray originals. They waste no time getting to business transforming “Smile” into their own jazzy arrangement. From there they bounce into “Worst Enemy” with Preminger working they melody over a hard swinging rhythm. They take it down a notch relaxing on “Amor Fati” before returning to the heat on “Serenity”. The second half is equally good making this a must have!


Publicist: Terri Hinte